Category:
1940s

The Ape Man

Bela Lugosi's 1943 film THE APE MAN is truly stupefying in its inane plot and lack of action. But it's only an hour long, and after a while, it exerts a hypnotic attraction.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 02, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Movies, 1940s, Fictional Monsters

The Korn Kobblers

Once upon a time, this was considered amusing.
[The second video comes courtesy of Deborah Newton.]



Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 31, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Humor, Music, Regionalism, Reader Recommendation, 1930s, 1940s

Follies of the Mad Men #52

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[From Life magazine for March 27 1944. Two scans, top and bottom.]

Yes, natural resources will never run out, power will be "too cheap to meter," the utilities love you, and winged cherubs will attend milady's bath.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 17, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Utilities, Domestic, 1940s, Natural Resources

How much heat can the body withstand?

In 1948 Dr. Craig Taylor at the University of California at Los Angeles created a heat chamber to determine the human tolerance for extreme heat. He experimented on himself. In the picture (from the Life archive) you can see him sitting in his hotbox, heated to a pleasant 220° fahrenheit. The egg on the metal pan in front of him was frying. The highest temperature he ever endured was 262°.

There was a practical point to this. He was trying to determine the maximum heat a fighter pilot could withstand, should the refrigeration system in their plane fail.

For more info about Dr. Taylor's heat experiments, check out the old article from Popular Science posted on the Modern Mechanix blog.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 02, 2008 - Comments (15)
Category: Science, Experiments, 1940s

Follies of the Mad Men #47

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[From Life magazine for September 30 1940.]

You know what your problem is? Not enough yeast. I suggest increasing your beer intake.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 21, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Health, 1940s

Follies of the Mad Men #45

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[From Life magazine for September 30 1940.]

What kind of kids would a shellfish and a bottle have, and how would they go about reproducing?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 19, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Foreign Customs, 1940s

Ghost Riders in the Sky

I don't think we heard enough of Vaughan Monroe's big hit in yesterday's Forest Service post, so here's the whole thing.

We know here at WU that mortal cows are deadly--so just imagine how evil a ghost cow is!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 19, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Music, Paranormal, Regionalism, 1940s

Follies of the Mad Men #44

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[From Life magazine for September 30 1940.]

Either a 20th-century man's shoe has been transported through time back to pre-Columbian America, confounding the primitive redksins, or else some 20th-century Native Americans on some especially traditional and cloistered reservation somewhere are incredibly ignorant.

Or, some Madison Avenue genius thought this was brilliant.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 17, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Shoes, Anthropology, 1940s, Time-travel, Native Americans

What Is Money?

How I wish I knew!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 15, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Money, Documentaries, 1940s

Live and Let Live

Continuing our series of weird auto-safety films, we now examine one told completely through the medium of toys. This looks like it was a lot of fun for the creators to make.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 23, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, Education, Toys, Documentaries, 1940s, Cars

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